Husband and I have moved quite a few times since we first met five years ago. After our most recent move out of state, we were inundated with license plates. With all that good metal, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them out, but what to do with them…? We love wine and are quickly running out of storage for our favorite aging wines. Brilliant idea! A new wine rack! It also showcases the personalized plate from the mustang my husband drove that first brought us together. And no, I’m not that materialistic…I actually thought he was a chump when he told me to watch him “burn out of the parking lot”. Ahh…first impressions… Anyhow, let me tell you how I made it! This project took a LOT of trial and error, but I have it all figured out for you!
- 6 license plates
- Gorilla glue and clamps (this is optional, but I will explain more later)
- Permanent marker
- Electric drill
- Short rivets
- 6 pieces of felt the size of the license plates (I chose black, but you can use any color you happen to have)
- Hot glue gun
- Wash the plates. Roads are dirty…cars are dirty…your plates are probably filthy!
- Curve the plates so the short ends meet. I used the railing on my balcony for a smoother curve, but you can bend them by hand if you prefer.
- Apply a thin line of Gorilla glue to one short edge and clamp the other edge on top. Follow manufacturers instructions. This should take a few hours to dry. If you choose not to use the Gorilla glue, drill two small holes along the edges of each side and use a small rivet to hold the sides together. Make sure the holes will line up before drilling.
- Once all of the plates are dry, lay them out in a pyramid. Make sure the seam of each plate will be facing the bottom of the wine rack (unless for some reason you want the seam to show).
- Use a permanent marker to mark the edges of the plates at each intersection of the pyramid. Draw a small mark on both plates at the intersection. I have placed at star on each intersection in the picture below.
- Turn the plates on their sides and draw a small dot 1″ from the each end of the plate in line with the marks you drew in the last step. It is important that you are precise with this step, so the drill holes line up later on.
- Drill a hole the appropriate size for your rivets at each dot from step 6.
- Line the plates back up in the pyramid. Make sure all of the holes line up. Use a rivet gun to attach the plates together at the intersections.
- If you chose to use Gorilla glue, you may want to reinforce the two plates in each bottom corner of the pyramid with rivets. The rest will be fine because of the structure of the pyramid. Drill two small holes on opposite ends of the seam through both layers of license plate and use small rivets to reinforce the seam.
- Roll the felt up like the plates. Insert a piece of felt into each plate. Use the hot glue gun to draw a small line of glue around the inside edge of the plates and press the felt into the glue. Make sure you glue both ends of the plates.
- Load up your favorite wines and you’re all set!